Can marijuana actually help in reducing seizures from epilepsy? This is the big question among the families and loved ones of patients with this disease, and for many of them, there is no way of getting away from the possibility of the help that cannabis may do for their patients. To shed light on the matter, check out this post about the latest studies revealing how marijuana may actually help in battling the seizures among these patients.
What Studies Revealed About Cannabis and Seizures
While American Academy of Neurology revealed that there is very little evidence that the use of marijuana on brain diseases isn’t clear and that most experiences could be very anecdotal and experience-based in terms of treating multiple sclerosis, the same is challenged by the reviews conducted and published in Epilesia articles online.
One of their significant studies stated that episodes of convulsions and seizures from a severe type of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome is reduced from 50 convulsions per day to only two to three only per month, as a result of an adjunct therapy.
The type of marijuana administered to the child is a strain with high concentrations of cannabidiol or CBD, Charlotte’s Web, which is low in tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the main psychoactive substance in cannabis. This patient’s family is based in Colorado, where medical marijuana is permitted.
In this light and development, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Denver Health, Chief Dr. Edward Maa, stated that they need further studies to conclude as to whether medical marijuana, in particular to its high contents on CBD can really help in easing the epileptic seizures experienced by patients. He said that they are yet to find out and conclude this matter on antiepileptic therapy that cannabis can bring to the table.
According to another review published on the evidence revealing the use of CBD in treating epilepsy and other neurological disorders, including addiction, anxiety and schizophrenia, among others, stated that although there are some studies, which revealed that cannabis content of THC and CBD may be promising for their anticonvulsive properties, they are yet to conclude because most studies were performed using animal models and that there were not much available data for recurrent seizures.
Although no studies are conclusive and are mainly the tip of the iceberg, the hopes of loved ones of epilepsy patients are high on the cure that cannabis may give them with. Nevertheless, federal and state laws may need a little bit of easing so that in depth research and studies can be performed and once and for all finalize whether or not cannabis can really help in battling convulsions.